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Route to Christmas: Day 22 2015

Today we visit Hungary for a very long and hilly leg in Route to Christmas. The chosen leg is the 2nd leg in several of the courses in the Hungarian WOC and JWOC Long distance selection race organized at April 26th 2015.

Thanks to Aron Less for the tip. There are always some very interesting long and hilly legs coming from Hungary – in addition to this one from Aron there have also been other tips about Hungarian legs.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). Runnability is quite good – but it is of course very hilly. Do you manage to find a good route which you would “survive”?


You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.


Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. First one with the four fastest, including an indication of their time on the total course. As you can see, the left route seems to be around one minute faster than going right.

Then one with all the runners for which there was data in RouteGadget (in the men’s class only). You see that most runners were attracted by the possibility to run flat for a bit on the righthand route choice:

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – giving the readers the opportunity to do one Route Choice Challenge each day from December 1st until December 24th. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2015-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

About Jan Kocbach

Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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One comment

  1. I am wondering if all of the Hungarian competitors missed the far left route choise (village road) which includes less than 200 m climb? The winners route included more than 300 m climb and no road at all. ;-)